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By Klara Woodruff - Staff Reporter

The S&A Budget for this year is likely to be the same as last year's $2.5 million budget, committee officials say. 

The Service and Activities Budget is funded by student fees and pays for everything from athletics to the Thunderword.  

The budget for last year (June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) was $2,495,173.

"I would be shocked if there is a big difference from last year's budget," said Program Coordinator Marta Reeves. 

The money for the S&A budget comes from student fees, International Student Programs income, the Running Start program, and the Associated Students of Highline College building fund fees, and investment income.  

"Even though enrollment is in decline, S&A has a funding model that is stable for years like this," said Jonathan Brown, associate dean for the Center of Leadership and Service and an adviser to the budget committee.

"It is likely we will be able to expend about the same as we did last year, and maybe even consider an increase," Brown said. 

S&A Budget decisions are made by the S&A Budget Committee. Budget requests are due on Feb. 17. 

The committee consists of the Finance Director Cathy Cartwright, Associate Dean for CLS Jonathan Brown, S&A Budget Coordinator Marta Reeves, Vice President of Student Services Toni Castro, staff representatives Nestor Enguerra and Sharon Rivera, and student representatives Chloe Zabrek, Everlyne Maina, Gabby Fuller, Innocent Muhalia, James Jackson, Kenju Waweru, Mahlet Tiruneh, Marie Bechara, and Sara Cotes.  Only student members of the committee get to vote on the budget.

Only campus organizations can request S&A funding to provide for extracurricular experiences for students. The budget is finalized and approved at the June Highline College Board of Trustees meeting on June 15 this year.

A chunk of the S&A budget goes toward paying off the 20-year bond on Building 8, the Student Union. The total annual bond payment on the building is approximately $910,000. Highline is in the 12th year of the 20-year bond. 

When the bond is paid off there will be more money on the budget to fund more extracurricular than activities can now. There is no plan yet for what will be funded with extra money.

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